By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
A terrifying thriller with a unique spin on possession and dream invasion, “Dreamkatcher” arrives on DVD, Digital, and On Demand Tuesday April 28, from Lionsgate. The horrors of the night will not compare to the nightmares of reality in this film starring Radha Mitchell, Lin Shaye and Henry Thomas.
In this terrifying horror-thriller, Gail (Mitchell) is forced to come to terms with Josh, her new stepson, at a remote country home. After stealing an evil talisman from a mysterious neighbor, Josh has sinister dreams of his dead mother—who commands Josh to murder Gail. When Josh’s dad (Thomas) returns, he and Gail suspect that their son has been possessed by an ancient, bloodthirsty spirit. Together, they have to try to save Josh’s life and their own.
The “Dreamkatcher” DVD will be available for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $19.98.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” checks in with a special Criterion Collection Blu-ray edition Tuesday April 28.
Wes Anderson brings his dry wit and visual inventiveness to this exquisite caper set amid the old-world splendor of Europe between the World Wars. At the opulent Grand Budapest Hotel, the concierge M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) and his young protégé Zero (Tony Revolori) forge a steadfast bond as they are swept up in a scheme involving the theft of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune-while around them, political upheaval consumes the continent. Meticulously designed, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a breathless picaresque and a poignant paean to friendship and the grandeur of a vanished world, performed with panache by an all-star ensemble that includes F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Jeff Goldblum, Mathieu Amalric, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Murray.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Criterion Collection Blu-ray contains numerous director-approved bonus features including a new audio commentary with Anderson, Goldblum and producer Roman Coppola, storyboard animatics, a documentary about film and more.
The Blu-ray will be available for $39.95 (SRP).
Survival is the game when “Guns Akimbo” arrives on Digital, Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD April 28, from Lionsgate. This film is now available on On Demand.
Starring Daniel Radcliffe (the “Harry Potter” films) and Samara Weaving (“Ready or Not”), the movie follows a video game developer who is forced to play a game of survival while being broadcast online for others’ amusement. The high-action, high-stakes film premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
The “Guns Akimbo” Blu-ray and DVD will be available for $21.99 (SRP) and $19.98 (SRP), respectively.
Just One of the Guys
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of its original release, “Just One of the Guys” arrives on Blu-ray Tuesday April 28, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Terri (Joyce Hyser, “L.A. Law”) blames sexism when her journalism teacher refuses to enter her article in a competition to win a summer internship at the local newspaper. With the help of her kid brother, Buddy (Billy Jacoby), she masquerades as a guy at a rival school and enters the contest there. During her charade, “Terry the Boy” tangles with a vicious bully, Greg (William Zabka, “The Karate Kid”), and fends off an amorous classmate, Sandy (Sherilyn Fenn, “Twin Peaks”). But when she falls for a handsome loner, Rick (Clayton Rohner, “Murder One”), our hero/heroine must find a way to convince him that she’s not just one of the guys.
This special anniversary edition includes a reunion commentary featuring director Lisa Gottlieb, along with stars Arye Gross, Joyce Hyser, Clayton Rohner, Toni Hudson and John Apicella.
Paramount Presents—Fatal Attraction, King Creole and To Catch a Thief
Recognizing and celebrating films from the studio’s vast and storied library, the “Paramount Presents” banner has introduced a new line of collectible Blu-ray discs incorporating a curated selection of enduringly popular movies, as well as films that had a cultural impact upon their release.
Designed for fans and film lovers, the new line of “Paramount Presents” Blu-ray Discs will include a diverse and eclectic array of films spanning all genres. The new collection will return each title to the spotlight with meticulously remastered releases that include brand new bonus content focused on the filmmakers. Presented in collectible packaging that includes a foldout image of the original movie poster and interior artwork featuring key movie moments, each Blu-ray in the Paramount Presents line features new interviews with filmmakers and/or celebrated film historian Leonard Maltin.
The first three films in the “Paramount Presents” Blu-ray line will be the unforgettable phenomenon “Fatal Attraction,” which has been remastered under the supervision of director Adrian Lyne; 1958’s acclaimed Elvis Presley drama “King Creole;” and director Alfred Hitchcock’s intoxicating romantic thriller “To Catch a Thief,” which celebrates its 65th anniversary this year.
Ride Like a Girl
The inspirational Australian drama “Ride Like a Girl” is available to buy or rent Tuesday April 28 on DVD.
Directed by Rachel Griffiths, the drama stars Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill and Sullivan Stapleton. “Ride Like a Girl” is based on the true story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. As a little girl, she dreamed of the impossible: winning the Melbourne Cup. However, a near-fatal fall threatens to end her hopes of competing in the race. With the love and support from her father (Neill) and brother Stevie, she overcomes all odds to achieve her history-making ride at the Melbourne Cup. The DVD includes a digital copy of the movie. The film is available to buy at all Digital stores. It also is available to rent On Demand.
Based on Jim Thompson’s novel “A Hell of a Woman,” Alain Corneau’s “Serie Noire” arrives on Blu-ray for the first time in North America Tuesday April 28, from Film Movement Classics.
While trying to track down a deadbeat customer, door-to-door salesman Franck Poupart (Patrick Dewaere) encounters Mona (Marie Trintignant), a teenage sexpot living with her miserly aunt. After being dumped by his wife and thrown in jail by his boss, Franck agrees to help Mona kill her aunt and make off with her millions. Unfortunately, their scheme backfires, and Franck sees his luck takes an even darker turn for the worse. Dewaere, the too-soon-gone premiere wild man of ’70s French cinema, gives a live-wire, no-holds-barred performance, playing the entirely-amoral Thompson protagonist to the hilt, his increasingly frenzied star turn driving the film headlong towards derangement.
Nominated for a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, “Serie Noire” was named one of Time Out’s 100 best French films of all time, and also received six César Award nominations, including Best Actor (Dewaere), Best Supporting Actor (Honorary Cesar winner Bernard Blier) and Best Supporting Actress Boyer). Film Movement will release the 1979 noir classic in a gorgeous 2K digital restoration for optimal viewing.
The Blu-ray includes a handful of bonus features including an interview with director Alain Corneau and star Marie Trintignant and more. “Serie Noir” is available for $29.95 (SRP).
Arriving on DVD and VOD Tuesday April 28 is the coming-of-age drama “The Sharks,”, from Breaking Glass Pictures.
“The Sharks” follows 14-year-old Rosina, who ticks the days of a restless summer in a sleepy beachside town away, until she sees an ominous dorsal fin during a swim. The rumor of sharks quickly spreads, unsettling the town, but Rosina remains unfazed, instead focusing on her enigmatic coworker, Joselo, who she becomes increasingly attracted to and begins circling, much like the mysterious predators lurking just under the surface.
The directorial debut from Lucía Garibaldi, “The Sharks” made its world premiere at Sundance, where Garibaldi took home the prestigious Directing Award in World Cinema—Dramatic, with additional screenings at San Sebastian International Film Festival, Guadalajara Film Festival winning the Special Jury Award, and Buenos Ares Film Festival where the film won the Special Jury Award and the FEISAL Award.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Bikini Bottom Bash
SpongeBob SquarePants and the Bikini Bottom gang keep the good tides flowing in “SpongeBob SquarePants: Bikini Bottom Bash,” arriving Tuesday DVD April 28, from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment.
This rockin’ compilation boasts five uproarious party-themed episodes, including SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout. It’s SpongeBob’s birthday, but it’s a surprise, so SpongeBob and Patrick are going on a tour of the surface world while everyone else plans the birthday blowout below. Then, Bikini Bottom throws a wave of other parties: Catch some rays with SpongeBob and Patrick to get into the biggest bash in town, enjoy a girls’ night in at Pearl’s sleepover, raise the pineapple’s roof at SpongeBob’s house party, and celebrate the Krusty Krab’s momentous eleventy-seventh anniversary.
The mixed live-action and animation special features the celebrated voice cast behind SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, Squidward and Plankton playing human versions of their animated characters and guest star David Hasselhoff (“Baywatch”). Additional guest stars in the special include Kel Mitchell (“All That”), Jack Griffo (“The Thundermans”) and Daniella Perkins (“Knight Squad”).
“SpongeBob SquarePants: Bikini Bottom Bash” will be available for $10.99 (SRP).
Following its recent festival run, Gravitas Ventures is set to release Will Dennis’ road trip dramedy “Vanilla” Tuesday April 28 on VOD and Digital.
A freewheeling comedian, determined to save her family business, invites an uptight entrepreneur on a road trip to sell a van with a complicated history. Calling it a first date, they establish road rules that include a dance collaboration, separate sleeping quarters, and French pastries. Romance ignites on their three-day trip. As they discover each other’s quirks and secrets, they must decide if their new connection is worth more than the van.
Dennis’ debut feature film also stars Kelsea Bauman-Murphy, Aparna Nancherla (“Master of None”, “Crashing”) and Johnny Sibilly (“Pose”).
Arrow—The Eighth and Final Season and The Complete Series
After eight exciting seasons, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC mark the end of an epic era with its final installment of the suspenseful and action-packed series with the release of “Arrow: The Eighth and Final Season” on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday April 28.
Following the arrival of The Monitor, Oliver Queen left his home, his family and his team behind to take on his most challenging battle yet, knowing the cost may be his life. But this time it’s not just his city he’s seeking to protect—it’s the entire multiverse. Oliver’s quest will send him on a journey where he is forced to confront the ultimate question: what is the true cost of being a hero?
Arrow stars Stephen Amell (“Private Practice,” “Heartland”), David Ramsey (“Dexter”), Rick Gonzalez (“Reaper”), Juliana Harkavy (“Dolphin Tale,” “The Walking Dead”), Katherine McNamara (“Shadowhunters,” “Happyland”), Ben Lewis (“Chasing Life,” “Suits”) and Joseph David-Jones (“Nashville,” “Allegiant”) with Katie Cassidy (“A Nightmare on Elm Street”).
It’s nonstop action from start to finish with all 10 action-packed episodes from the eighth and final season, plus the show’s 2019 Comic-Con Panel, the broadcast special “Arrow: Hitting the Bullseye” and deleted scenes. A Limited Edition bonus disc featuring all five “DC Crossover Event: Crisis on Infinite Earths” episodes will be available exclusively for fans who purchase the Blu-ray. Arrow: The Eighth and Final Season is priced to own at $24.98 SRP ($29.98 in Canada) and $29.98 SRP for the Blu-ray which includes a Digital Code (U.S. only), ($39.99 in Canada). Arrow: The Eighth and Final Season also is available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.
Also, “Arrow: The Complete Series” will also be available for fans to own on Blu-ray and DVD for $189.99/$169.99 SRP ($249.99 / $229.99 in Canada). The bonus disc is included in the Blu-ray Complete Series set.
Based on the characters from DC, “Arrow” is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
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